Professional Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person

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Develop Expert Knowledge & Skills in Medicine for the Older Person

This Royal College of Physicians of Ireland nine-month Professional Diploma in Medicine for the Older Person, delivered in conjunction with iheed, is a new online learning programme designed specifically to cater for busy healthcare professionals. According to WHO data, the number and proportion of people aged 60 years and older in the population is increasing. In 2019, the number of people aged 60 years and older was 1 billion. This number will increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2.1 billion by 2050. This means that there is a fast-growing need for healthcare staff to have relevant up-to-date training and knowledge within elderly care, to meet the needs of an ageing society. Drawing on the expertise of national and international experts in geriatric care, this programme provides learners with advanced knowledge and skills to ensure patients live a fulfilled later life. The program emphasizes a patient - centered approach to clinical decision making in medicine for the older person.  It provides a supportive, richly informative, and accessible educational opportunity for healthcare professionals wishing to upskill or refresh their understanding of how common geriatric conditions present and are managed. The programme aims to develop clinically focused diagnostic skills through the use of interactive patient cases. It allows for opportunities to practice and develop diagnostic skills in a highly engaging format. It enhances the skills required to identify important clinical features to develop a diagnosis and formulate effective management plans for patients.
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    The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Entry requirements

  • You must be a healthcare professional holding a clinical bachelor qualification (or nursing diploma)

  • Need to have an honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution

  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language

What will I study?

  • Brain health, assessment and seizure disorders
  • Brain health: Dementia and delirium
  • Brain health: stroke including clinical examination
  • Brain health: Parkinson’s and movement disorders
  • Depression, anxiety, psychosis and BPSD in later life
  • Gait disorders, falls and bone health
  • Syncope and seizure
  • Frailty, screening and multimorbidity
  • Deprescribing
  • Assistive Living Technology
  • Nutrition assessment and management in the community
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long term care
  • Palliative care
  • Advanced Care planning

Introduction to Systems Thinking and Human Factors

  • Patient Safety
  • Person (Professional) Factors
  • Work System Factors
  • Patient Factors
  • Work Process Factors
  • Measurement, Adaptation and Improvement
  • External Environment Factors

Programme benefits

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply current international evidence and best-practice principles in the treatment and management of concurrent physical and cognitive conditions in acute, primary care and community care settings, employing both multi and intra-disciplinary models of care
  • Explain the management of chronic diseases in the older person
  • Communicate effectively with the older patient and their families
  • Identify risks and consequences of falls and syncope
  • Explain the diagnosis and management/care pathways of stroke and other neurological disorders
  • Describe the common psychiatric and behavioural issues that present in older age
  • Recognise red flags in the patient’s examination or history that could indicate abuse, and understand how to deal with this
  • Explain rehabilitation and re-ablement, end of life care, palliative medicine and the legal aspects of caring for older people
  • Design an Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) age friendly healthcare system

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